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Garmin Biological Age Model (by Scor)
Garmin has today announced a link up for their wearables with a Biological Age Model created by SCOR Life.
It will be interesting to see if this ties in with other 3rd party providers’ versions of ‘fitness age’ which, in some ways sounds easier to quantify than ‘Biological Age’. Maybe they’re the same?
For example, this chart from a recent piece by WHOOP shows how HRV varies by age so you might say that if your HRV 80ms then you have a biological age of 20 or that if your VO2max is 53 then you have a fitness age of 23 – or whatever the actual numbers come out at when you compare YOUR reading to that of the population. But the underlying and unfortunate truth is that, as we age, our VO2max capacity and HRV generally fall. Of course, readers of this blog know how to arrest such annoying trends (#ExerciseBaby)
This kind of announcement will be no surprise to many as it sees further links between tech and finance. Essentially it’s clear that the world is moving to a place where fitter and more apparently ‘young’ people are deemed to be lower risks when it comes to costs of longevity. This is going to start playing a MUCH bigger role in determining healthcare costs and provision.
The only reason I’m mentioning this relatively trivial-sounding announcement is that it adds some context to last week’s acquisition of FITBIT by Google. It is precisely for reasons like this tie-up between Garmin and SCOR that MEDICAL STUFF is going to start making the news ever more often.